Way to go randy and reba. Still slow up here only 1 each of the last two nights. Mirko is still working the best I thin I have ever seen him do. Went a mile on one last might that appears to just been grazed. Between what sign we were seeing and where he went again we had to stop another track. I know it has to be frustrating to him since he is dialed in on the deer. Got back to the house near 2 so no hunting for me this morning I'll just wait on a call to put him to work. God luck to all the trackers.
Was not a long track but was 23 hrs old and had already been worked by another dog. Deer traveled 400 yards maybe a tad more. There was not blood on the track. Deer bedded 3 times and that is the only blood we found in the first to beds.
To busy with the rut to post ,will catch up with some cool stories,when things slow down.like the 5 mile track for huge buck,two day 7 hour track for another huge buck,youth hunters ,women hunters,been a exciting season.
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Reba was able to track and bay this buck. He had a broken front leg. I dispatched the deer and he just happened to be right at a hornets nest. Reba and I got stung a couple of times. OUCH!! All kinds of dangers out there. On the track we went on tonight I stepped in 2 stump holes and scraped my arm right on top of the hornet stings.
I don't remember being stung by hornets before, yellow jackets many times. Wednesday, tracking for a lady I got my first hornet stings. Thursday, tracking for a lady by the same name, 2 hours away from the first, I got my second hornets stings. Ladies and Reba got hit also.
Just before dark yesterday we tracked a huge buck that Kaleb Cowart had bow shot yesterday morning. Found that just the broadhead had broken off high in the shoulder. Reba trailed in and jumped the buck. Ran it about a quarter mile and came back to us. Didn't know at the time but somewhere along the trail she must have stopped and fought him cause checking her tonight I found a hole that appears to be about 1/2"-3/4" deep. We'll be at the vet's office when he opens.
Reba bayed this doe alive Thursday morning. Got it on video
Found out at the vet's that Reba somehow had a shallow broadhead wound in her side under her shoulder. She lays with or on a dead deer and sometimes lays on a spot of blood. She either laid on the broadhead, ran into it sticking up or jumped on the deer and it was sticking out. That may be why she came back to me from 1/4 mile out. ??? It went in 3/4". We knew it broke off about 6" of the arrow in the deer and it may have been poking out somewhere.
Have to give props to pat and his dog. Shot at an 8 pointer yesterday and knew I hit him. The blood trail just disappeared after about 150 yards and I looked for a few hours with no luck. I had been on this forum and saw some threads on tracking dogs so i looked at the sticky and found Pat in the same county as I was hunting. He came out and by this time it had been a few hours. His dog was on the scent in no time and we had a fun adventure chasing him around. About 850 yards from where I shot, the dog started doing circles on an old road we found. Pat though the deer had done that to throw us off, we went up the road a little and the dog took off. The deer had been in the woods to left and the dog was in pursuit. He chased him into a creek and we got there in time and put the deer down before the dog got hurt. It was truly amazing to watch this team work, his dog doesn't follow blood trails it will only scent wounded deer. I would have never got this deer due to my bad shot and I felt an obligation to do everything I could to retrieve it. I highly recommend pat to anyone needing a deer tracker. It was as much fun as the deet hunt itself.
We've been crazy busy tracking last week and hardly had time to post anything. Reba's wound is still open with staples in it but we are trying to be careful. If I was unable to get to you this week I hope you understand. I tried to refer every call to a capable tracker. I lost one phone number and couldn't get back in touch.
Here are a couple of bucks we found yesterday. One we tracked almost a mile and Reba found him dead. We lost a broken leg deer that we tracked a mile and could have recovered if we hadn't run into property lines that stopped us.
This is the broken leg deer that we tracked for a mile with practically no blood. we had to quit because of property lines. Today the guy that we found the gut shot deer for a mile and a half away, killed the deer and was good enough to give it back to the lady that originally shot it. How's that for coincidence?
Again, why I preach against neck shots. I tracked this buck last week. After a long track with absolutely no blood, we called off the track because we figured it was a neck shot or a back-whack over the spine. After getting the buck back on camera (first pic), the hunter was able to put a round thru both lungs that dropped his buck.